Everyone has a career. Career is no longer a term used to refer to a few or someone who are climbing the corporate ladder. Changes in the way we work have brought about changes in the way work and life fit together. The term “career” has broadened to reflect these changes.

Your career now includes all of your life and work, If you are still at school, College, playing for your state Cricket or Hockey team and working casually at the part time job you already have a career.

You build your career and develop skills as you accumulate life, work and learning experiences.

Career development is a lifelong process which is unique to each person. It includes your learning and your work, your life aim and your life long activities. Many factors contribute to your career development including your personal preferences and circumstances, your age and your stage of life. The community you live in and the wider economic and social environment also influence your learning and work opportunities and choices.

Career development is about managing your life, learning and your passion.

No matter whether you are just starting work or changing career, adding skills and continuously learning throughout your working life, either on or off the job, helps you to move between different roles. Knowing what you value in your work and your life as you move through your career will help you to manage your work in your life. Knowing how to use your passion and time in hand.

Change is constant. Your work and life will most likely change when you finish school or study and when you have children. Broader global, economic and technological change has also brought change at the local level.

A range of personal and environmental factors can influence your work, learning and career choices including: – your individual interests, skills and values;
– your community including your family and friends;
– your geographic location; and
– wider economic conditions and labour market trends.

Time spent planning your next work and learning step, will help you take account of your individual circumstances as well as changing economic trends.

We have been created unique. (Eg. Fingerprint). We are born only once. We spend almost 40 years on our work. A total over 80,000 hours , we work. Now ask yourself how you will spend these 80,000 hours before you die??


STEP 1 Discovering Yourself

What are my interests? Values? Skills? Personality preferences? Strengths? What are three careers that interest me? What are three college majors that I want to explore?

STEP 2 Exploring Options

What information or individuals can help me to explore my college or career options? What classes or activities can help me to develop my strengths? How can I learn more about to be successful, how will I be able to a job successfully, what all the skills I have to acquire, what sort of personality I have build, what are the interpersonal skills I need to learn?

STEP 3 Making a Decision

How much time and energy am I willing to invest to make a career decision? Who is part of my support system to help me evaluate the pros and cons? What are my top priorities to consider for this decision?

STEP 4 Taking Action

How can I strengthen my readiness for success in a college major? What is one goal that I have? How can I reach it? What action can I take now? Which one of my talents can I develop through classes or outside activities?

STEP 5 Evaluating the Decision

Is my decision a realistic option? Is there anything preventing me from achieving this goal? What would it mean if I didn’t have any barriers? Who in my support system can assist me with achieving this goal?

What do I want to be when I leave college?

Think about your strengths, passions and interests and apply them to the workforce. If you have a passion for music, you may be able to turn that talent into working in a music shop, at the RTE, backstage at rock concerts, or with a chamber orchestra.

Wish list

Create a ‘wish list’ of the different types of jobs that you are interested in, and make a list of all of the companies in your local area that you would like to work for.

Who do you know?

Speak to teachers, tutors, family and friends to see if they know anyone who works for one of your target organizations, as they may be able to assist you. If you don’t have any existing contacts, research online for the relevant contacts within your chosen company.

Build your CV

All employers will ask for your CV. Speak to teachers, parents or friends for tips on how to build a CV, or contact a recruitment agency for their advice. A CV should include your contact details, achievements at school, hobbies and personal attributes.

Making your move

Some schools and colleges will approach organizations on your behalf. However, if your school or college does not offer this service, consider telephoning the companies on your wish list and ask to speak to someone about work experience opportunities. Alternatively, you may wish to go to the company in person and ask for the relevant contact at reception. And always take copies of your CV with you, as you may be asked to leave one behind.

Dress to impress

If you approach the company directly or are invited for an interview, remember to look the part. You should always dress in a smart and professional manner for any work experience role.

Preparing for your first day

Make sure you ask questions about your new work placement. Do you know how to get there? What time you should arrive? Who to ask for? Is there anything you need to bring with you?

Keep an open mind

Being enthusiastic, friendly, open and flexible will impress the company you are working for. You may be asked to do some tasks that are not as interesting as others, but remember to try your best with everything that is given to you. If you are unsure about anything, don’t be afraid to ask questions: asking questions is a sign of being proactive, interested and conscientious about your work.


Remember to ask for written feedback so that you have something to show to future employers. Your school or college may be able to provide you with a feedback form. If they can’t, ask for feedback around competencies such as time management, communication, listening, following instructions, customer service and working with others.

Follow up

Once you have completed your work experience you should send the company a thank you letter or email. They have invested time and money to have you with them, so share your feedback and the experience you have had during your time with them. You never know, if a job opportunity comes up in the future, they just might call you!

What is available for you in the store and where can you look?

Armed forces 
Union Public Service Commission

Indian Coast Guard, Coast Guard Headquarters

Art and Design

Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI)

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Career and Course Options for Arts Students .Print Journalism

Journalism is the business of giving news. Newspapers, from big dailies to small town and local regional dailies, have been a major source for recording and giving news about all conceivable to millions of readers every day. Working Conditions The work of reporters and correspondents is usually hectic. They work under pressure to meet deadlines and may work under trying conditions. Personality Journalists need to have a broad based education, good general knowledge and a style of writing that is accurate, readable and informed. Journalists need to be observant, with keen interest in current affairs.


Courses & Work Area• Newspaper Journalism [Editors, Reporters, Columnist, Commentators], Magazine Journalism, Web Journalism• Dip in Online Journalism• Dip in Journalism• Dip in Media Management• Dip in Media & Communication• Bachelor of Mass Communication (BMC)• BA (Script Writing)• Bachelor of Communication & Journalism


Courses & Work Area• TV/Radio• Newspaper• Press trust of India• Engrave/ Proof Reading/ Composing/ Program Announcer


Jobs in television industry can be divided into reporting, anchoring and production. For TV and films, production involves pre-production work, production and then post production work. Working Conditions• Work in radio and television stations is usually very pleasant. Modern facilities and technologies make working convenient and precise. Personality• Generally, good communication skills, ability to work as a team, innovative and enthusiastic, inquisitive and resourceful are requisites.


The roles and responsibilities of people involved in making a film often overlap and coincide, depending on the type of film being made. Number of people involved depends on the type of film. Working Conditions• Acting demands patience and total commitment, because actors must wait for parts or filming schedules, work long hours and often travel. Flawless performances require tedious memorizing of line sand repetitive rehearsals. Personality• A strong will, determination and love for what you are doing will be needed to continue after many rejections. Actors, dancers and musicians• Actors work mainly indoors in theatres and studios and for films and TV on location. Performing artists are creative people. Patience, dedication and hard work are required for success. Adaptability, ability to work with a team, discipline and responsibility are other essential characteristics


Public Relations has emerged from a simple operation of corporate publicity to a broad based management function popularly termed as Corporate Communication. Public Relations professionals work in offices with adequate secretarial help. They are expected to maintain good appearance, social poise, and a society precise conduct. Working Conditions & Personality• Public Relation officers work with journalists, managers and employees of an organization and members of the public. They have to be good at getting on with them. The basic personality ingredients for success in PR work is sociability, tact, patience and diplomacy.


The jobs in the travel sector are diverse in nature. Travel is a very competitive field since all travel agents are capable of providing almost the same kind of facilities and services. Hence travel agents work in an atmosphere of keen competition for refer. Personality The prime requirement for success in the field of travel and tourism is a genuine interest in travel. Personal knowledge and experience of travel to major tourist destinations, hotels, places of interest, local customs, would make a travel agent an authentic and well versed source of guidance to the prospective tourist


Hotel Industry has a great variety in terms of size, clientele it aims to serve, and its location. However, for the efficient functioning of any hotel – large or small, work is divided among key departments – Management, catering, front office, housekeeping, accounting, marketing, engineering, forecasting. Working Conditions• Employees in most of the hotel operational areas enjoy pleasant, clean and comfortable working conditions. Personality• This dynamic and variegated sector offers a whole range of jobs for young men and women with an outgoing and pleasant personality, a flair for creativity and capacity for hard work.


Quality Require – Innovative, Self- motivated, competitive• Different Courses in Engineering -1. B.E. 2 M.E. 3. B.Tech. 4. M.Tech.• Eligibility and Duration of Course –1. B.E./B.Tech -12th pass with min. 45% in PCM- 4 Y.2. M.E./M.Tech- B.E. Pass- 2 Year.• Entrance Exam – CET, AIEEE, IIT-JEE, BIT- SAT, ISAT,VITEEE etc.


Quality Require- Confident, Listening skills, Interact, Hard work, Intellectual etc.• Different courses in Medical-1. MBBS. 2.BHMS. 3.BAMS. 4.BDS. 5.BUMS.• Eligibility and Duration of course-1. MBBS,BHMS,BAMS,BDS,BUMS – 12th pass with min. 50% in PCB- 4 ½ year.• Entrance Exam – CET, AIPMT, AFMC, AIIMS etc.•


Quality Required – Strong, able to deal with sickness, suffering, and grief, communication etc.• Different courses in Nursing-1. B.Sc. Nursing 2.M.Sc. Nursing 3. Health Worker.• Eligibility and Duration of Courses-1. B.Sc. Nursing – 10 +2 with PCB – 4 Year.2. M.Sc. Nursing – B.Sc. in Nursing – 2 Year3. Health Worker – 10th pass – 18 Months.• Entrance Exam – CET, AFMC.•


Quality Required – social skills, patience, genuine interest in people, physically fit etc.• Different Courses in Physiotherapy-1. B.P.T. 2. M.P.T. 3.B.Sc. Physiotherapy.• Eligibility and Duration of Course-1. B.P.T.-12th pass with minimum 50% in PCB – 4 ½ Y.2. M.P.T. – B.P.T. – 2 Year.3. B.Sc. Physiotherapy – 12th pass – 3 Year.• Entrance Exam – CET, Private universities conduct there own entrance exam


Quality require – A deep interest in science, communication skills.• Different courses in Pharmacy -1. D. Pharm. 2. B.Pharm. 3.M.Pharm.• Eligibility and Duration of Course-1. D.Pharm – 12 pass with PCB-2 year.2. B.Pharm – 12 pass with PCB- 4 year.3. M.Pharm -B.Pharm. – 2 year.• Entrance Exam – Common Entrance Test(CET)•


Quality Required – Designing talent, Business aptitude, social awareness, legal knowledge, drawing skills etc.• Different Courses in Architecture -1. B.Arch. 2.M.Arch• Eligibility and Duration of Course-1. B.Arch. – 12th pass with Mathematics – 5 Year.2. M.Arch. – B.Arch. – 2 Year.• Entrance Exam- NATA,AIEEE, MHT-AR-CET.•


Quality require –Memory, Knowledge, Drafting Skill, Communication skills.• Different courses in Law -1. L.L.B. 2. L.L.M.• Eligibility and Duration of Course-1. L.L.B.- 12 pass with any stream – 5 year. or L.L.B. – Graduation in any subject – 3 year.2. L.L.M. – L.L.B.- 2 year.• Entrance Exam – Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)•


Quality Required – Finance, Mathematics, Analytical skills• Eligibility – HSC appeared• Duration of Course – at least 3 and half years• Entrance (CA) – CPT IPCC CA Final• Entrance (CS) – Foundation Executive Final• Entrance (ICWA) –• Scope – Tax Consultants, Auditing firms•


Specialisation (Sci) – Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Zoology, Micro- Biology, Statistics, Environment• Specialisation (Arts) – History, Political Science, Geography, Economics, Psychology, Philo sophy• Eligibility- HSC (from any field)• Duration-3 years•


Quality Required – Positive Mental Attitude, Empathy, Presentation Skills, Calmness, Creative.• Different courses1. Pre Primary Teacher. 2.D.Ed. 3B.Ed. 4.M.Ed.• Eligibility and Duration of Course-1. Pre primary teacher – 10/ 12th pass- 1 Year.2. D.Ed. – 12th pass – 2Year.3. B.Ed. – Graduation – 1 Year.4. M.Ed.- B.Ed. – 1 Year.• Entrance Exam – CET, NET-SET.


Quality required- Patience, level headedness• Specialisation- Criminal, Child, Industrial, Clinical• Eligibility- HSC (preferably Arts)• Course- BA in Psychology or Diploma in Counseling• Scope- from Hospitals to Jail to Colleges to Personal Counseling to self-employment

Event Management

Quality required- Decision making, people management, planning, creativity• Eligibility- HSC/Graduate• Course- 3 months to one year Diploma• Scope- Event Management Companies

Fashion Designing

Quality required: Creativity• Eligibility: HSC• Entrance: NIFT entrance/depends• Course: 4 years Bachelors degree/ 2 years PG/ Diploma• Scope: Designers, Entertainment Industry

Social Work

Quality required- Interest in Improving lives of people, grounded by nature• Specialisation- Criminology, Disaster Management, Disability studies, Women & Child, Governance• Course- MSW/Diploma/Certificate• Scope- Hospitals, NGOs, CSR, Government•

Entertainment Industry

Quality required- Hard-Work, Passion, Patience• Specialisation- Acting, Production, Direction• Course-Certificate/Diploma/College or Drama groups• Scope- Entertainment Industry•


Quality Required – Drawing, Painting , design skills, animation skills, creative and imaginative.• Different Courses in Animation – Animation film design, animation, game design, 2D animation, 3 D animation etc.• Eligibility – 12th pass.• Duration- Depend on course• Entrance Exam- Private colleges conducts their own entrance exam.